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Jason McKinnon jersey retirement, scholarship fund promo on Friday

Mitch Knippelberg sends the ball the hoop in basketball action last season for the Cowichan T-Birds. - Andrew Leong/file
Mitch Knippelberg sends the ball the hoop in basketball action last season for the Cowichan T-Birds.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

It’s a big night at Cowichan Secondary School Friday.

The Cowichan T-Birds senior boys’ basketball team is hosting Vanier at 6:30 p.m., with some additional activities at halftime.

The T-Birds will be retiring Jason McKinnon’s jersey. He died a year ago on Jan. 19. There will also be a ball drop fundraiser for the Jason McKinnon Scholarship Fund.

At last count, 340 of the 400 tickets had been sold. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door during the game.

There’s a chance for someone among the contributors to win big money. The rest of the proceeds will go into the scholarship fund. Mitch Knippelberg got $1,000 and Curtis St. Cyr and Cameron Chow received $500 apiece last year.

“We’re going to give out the scholarships every year,’’ said Larry McKinnon.

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